Get your bike fixed – for 'free'
MECYCLE café and bike workshop, in Ainsdale, is taking
part in the:- 'Big Bike Revival', so dust off that forgotten bike, take it to Mecycle and they'll make it roadworthy; free of charge.
'The Big Bike Revival' is a national campaign which aims to encourage even more
people to get out and enjoy the benefits of cycling. Mecycle is part of Autism
Initiatives and support young adults with autism in work placements and
employment. It will again be an active part of the Big Bike Revival for 2
weeks, the 1st week begins, on Saturday, 6 May 2017, and the 2nd starts, on
Saturday, 27 May 2017. If you take your bikes along during those 2 weeks you can get
them back on the road.
Jon Gordon, Autism Initiatives Communication Manager, said:- "There will
be many people who haven't cycled in years and have an old bike in the garage.
This is your chance to dust it off, get it repaired and roadworthy and start
biking this summer; all for free. We're thrilled to be part of this campaign
again, especially as we're celebrating selling over 500 refurbished bikes in the
last three years. For those who would like to buy a bike, we have a great range
of refurbished bikes in store for sale."
Mecycle will also run guided bike rides on Friday's for the whole 6 weeks of the:-
'Big Bike Revival'; 10am for more seasoned riders and 1pm for beginners, call:-
01704 579353 to book a ride.
Please note that Mecycle hopes to get people cycling again and will make
straight forward repairs such as brakes, cables and inner tubes, and there are
some restrictions to the repairs offered for free.
Warning to motorists and pet owners in
OVER the last week we have been hearing reports of nails
being deliberately dropped on side roads. Unlike previously when glass bottles
have been deliberately broken on roads and pavements, these nails are an added
worry. They are hard to spot and if driven over, can cause punctures as are
often angled pointing upwards, lodged within cracks within the road surface.
Also dog walkers are taking note as some of these nails have been placed
pointing upwards on pavements. Often the ones on pavements tend to be carpet
tacks, so if you have shoes on, they should be ok if stood on, but don't walk
around in bare feet. If you spot anyone deliberately dropping nails on the roads
or pavements, contact the Police on: - 101 and if you can, once they have gone,
and if safe to do so, please remove them, unless told otherwise by Police. If
any businesses see CCTV images of the people doing this, again please let Police
know. These are just a few of the nails we have found on the roads next to Lord
Street. Let's hope this is just an isolated incident.
Vintage fire engine to help carry baton from Southport
to Pier Head in Liverpool over May Bank Holiday
LOCAL Firefighters from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service
will be helping to launch the #OurBlueLight Mental Health Relay to raise
awareness of how mental health issues affect emergency service staff.
Taking place from Saturday, 29 April 2017 to Friday, 22 September 2017, the
relay will see staff from emergency services across the UK, including:- Fire and
Rescue, Police, Ambulance, Prison Services and the NHS, carry a baton across the
North West of England.
The baton will travel to different Cities throughout its journey and each
weekend local Emergency Services will hand it to another Emergency Service Team
for it to be taken to its next location.
On Saturday, 29 April 2017, the relay will launch on Blackpool Promenade, at
10.30am, when the baton will be taken to Southport Community Fire Station, on
Manchester Road, by crew from Southport Lifeboat. It will then remain at the
Fire Station overnight.
On Sunday, 30 April 2017, at 10.30am, the baton will be placed in a Vintage
Ambulance and travel in convoy with 3 Fire Engines and vehicles from HM
Coastguard Southport, along Lord Street, Southport, through Ainsdale, Formby,
Ince Blundell, Thornton and Netherton, before arriving at Merseyside Fire and
Rescue Service Headquarters, on Bridle Road, Bootle.
Following a short break, the baton will then be placed in a vintage Dennis F8
Fire Engine and the convoy will travel through Kirkdale, Vauxhall and Wapping in
Liverpool before arriving at the Pier Head for around 1.30pm.
At the Pier Head, Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan will hand the baton
over to Merseyside Police, at around 1.45pm, after which a procession of
Emergency Service staff will carry it to Merseyside Police Headquarters in to
Canning Place, at around 3pm.
The baton will then remain at Merseyside Police HQ until Sunday, 7 May 2017 when
it will be carried by Police to Cheshire Police Headquarters, in Winsford.
For more information about the #OurBlueLight Mental Health Relay please visit:-
If you spot this passing, please show your support!
Merseyside Lowland Search and Rescue (MERSAR)
THE newest volunteer emergency response charity has been
gearing up for a very busy summer. Although primarily based on the Wirral,
Merseyside Lowland Search and Rescue (MERSAR) is on call for the whole of
Merseyside, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, under the direction of the local
emergency services, like Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the Police.
In 2016, for example, the team assisted the search for a missing
boy, at Formby Point, along with other services, including the Coastguard. They
are the equivalent to the Mountain Rescue and every member is a volunteer,
meaning that no charge is made for the Team's services. But just as with
Mountain Rescue, the team members are highly qualified and to put them through
the training requires donations to pay for the training and equipment. The team
have been in Southport a few times and on 22 April 2017, they popped over this
time, to set up shop on Lord Street, Southport, to do a collection.
But the mostly important part of it was to make people aware of them and what
they do. Now with more members qualified, they are getting ready to help with
more emergencies. Currently the team has 25 active members, that includes' Heart
Paramedics, Swift Water Rescue Technicians and a team Doctor. They also have a
host of other volunteers with other skills in training. For more information
about your Lowland Search and Rescue Team, visit:-
MerSAR.Org.UK The charity are looking for
new members and also people to help with fund raising. If you can lend a hand
and help them to save lives, please do get in contact with them.
Southport Swords practice on St George's Day for the
traditional May Day Tour of Sefton
Swords, who were founded in 1968, were out
and about on St George's Day, 23 April 2017, performing on Southport's streets,
with a dragon... The team is credited as Sefton's finest Men's Long sward and
Morris Dance group. Keep an eye out on 1 May 2017, in and around Southport for
them, as they will be performing traditional May Day celebrations. Weather
permitting they hope to be performing on 1 May 3 special dances that they have
devised themselves along with other traditional 1 May dances. Locations will
include the following:-
► Starting at 5.20am, on Princes Gardens, Southport, until around 6am for the
► The Swords will then travel to Crosby Beach, performing for a short time from
► The Swords then move on to Little Crosby Hall, for another performance, at
► Then heading back to Southport, to perform in Birkdale at around 11:40am.
► The group will stop off at 1pm. in Britannic Gardens, Churchtown, for a short
► Other locations will then be added on the day.
► The last show is due to take place at around 3pm on Southport's newly
renovated Kings Gardens, next to the Marine Lake.
If weather is bad, they will move into local pubs and also look at other
alternative locations. Please also note that these times might also change due
to traffic and other factors.
If you want to know more about the Southport
Swords, they currently practise on Tuesday
nights, 9.00pm to 10.30pm, at The Mount, Manchester Rd, Southport. The Southport
Swords are male only dancers and to join them you do not need experience, but
must be over 16 years of age.
Should you wish to book them, they are available to dance at:- weddings,
functions, fetes, festivals, store openings, days of dance etc. To book call
Geoff Charleton on:- 01695575235, or call Dave Roberts on:- 01704-212422,
alternatively you can